Developmental elimination of ectopic projection sites for the transgenic OR gene that has lost zone specificity in the olfactory epithelium

Hiroko Nakatani, Shou Serizawa, Miho Nakajima, Takeshi Imai, Hitoshi Sakano

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Abstract

In rodents, olfactory receptor (OR) genes are expressed in one of four zones in the olfactory epithelium (OE), and olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) expressing the same OR project their axons to a specific set of glomeruli on the olfactory bulb (OB). Using the yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) transgenic system, we have analysed the expression of the murine OR gene MOR29A of the MOR28 cluster located on chromosome 14. Although expression of the endogenous MOR29A was restricted to the most dorsomedial zone, the transgenic MOR29A (Tg MOR29A) was expressed in all four zones of the OB. When the OB of the transgenic mouse was analysed, the axons of the OSNs expressing Tg MOR29A were found to project not only to the dorsal side but also to the ventral side of the OB as well. The ectopic projection sites on the ventral side gradually disappear during postnatal development. Naris occlusion prevents this elimination, suggesting that odorant stimulation is involved in eliminating the ectopic projection sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2425-2432
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Neuroscience
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)

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